The Sensei Goes to Sacramento
Did you know that there is a blueprint for California schools? It's a road map that tells where schools are headed, and how they will get there. Check it out here.
Well now that document needs an update and the State Superintendent of Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has asked a classroom teacher to co-chair the update process of the blueprint. A teacher whose school is in South Central L.A...you guessed it. Me!
The Blueprint addresses important issues such as:
- Educator Quality
- Curriculum and Assessment
- Higher Education and Secondary Alignment
- Accountability and School Improvement
- Early Childhood Education
- Education Supports
- Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness
- School Finance
- Facilities and Construction Reform
Working with my co-chair Chris Steinhauser, the Superintendent of Long Beach Unified, will be a treat; I have much respect for someone who can manage a large district and avoid debacles like iPads and tech systems. His union-management agreement on teacher evaluations is a model for districts.
So why have a classroom teacher lead this initiative? Because our SSI values the opinions of those who are still in the classroom. And what will these strategies look like in the most challenging schools?
It looks like this blog is achieving its purpose. Tom Torlakson did not forget South Central.